Feb 16, 2013 4:00am PST
between 15 and 20 days after pope benedict steps down at the end of the month. the vote could be held earlier than planned. joining me now from rome, nbc news vapt cannon list george weigel. it is very good to see you. as we get to the process of selecting the new pope, how soon can that begin and do you hear these reports as well that it may go earlier than expected? >> i do. i prankly think that's a very wise idea. the 15 to 20-day provision in the current constitution that govern it is election of a pope, was created to allow time for a i did any tied funeral mass, a period of mourning for the deceased pope, and a set of meetings among the cardinals and then the enclosure of the conclave. of course, there is no funeral this time. so when the seat becomes vacant at 8:00 p.m. rome time february 28, i would imagine, indeed i would hope, that about a week would pass before the conclave would be enclosed and the voting process would begin. this is simply a matter of amending the apostolic constitution which is the pope can do or he can assign the authority to the dean of the college of
Feb 16, 2013 11:00am PST
. >>> boep benedict xvi says he's resigning the first time in nearly 600 years that a pope stepped down. in the nethder lands beatrix is done being the queen. what about the world's most famous monarch? is 86-year-old queen elizabeth likely to step aside anytime soon? richard is a columnist for the montecito journal. we are so pleased to have you with us. we have heard from the ballast on this issue in pretty broad terms. what are they saying? >> well, at its simplest no. abdication is a tradition in the house of orange, as you say, beatrix is abdicating at the end of april. she's 75. she's been 33 years on the throne. her mother jewel and nanl also abdicated as did her grandmother, wilhel mina. but with the house of windsor abdication is a very dirty word and goes back to 1936 as we all know with king edward viii when he abdicated the british throne to marry the american wallace simpson and since then, abdication is really very much out of the question. >> well, interestingly though, he abdicated to his brother, obviously, and that's how we have queen elizabeth the line of succession.
Feb 16, 2013 5:00am PST
benedict the 16 16 benedict was pushed toward his historic decision by a report he received in december on vicious in-fighting within the vatican. that report apparently convinced the pope that he lacked the stremgtd and nench required to get it straight. let's set the record straight with allen pizzey. >> we don't know what forced him out but certainly that played a question. the pope spoke in church by saying the face of the church is disfigured and encouraged people in the church to move away from that. we also can't discount the fact that his health has played a role. he's been in failing health for some time. we discovered he had a pacemaker, fell and cracked his head when he was in mexico city. he visited the last pope who resigned. last august he ordered the convent where he's going to stay in vatican city after he resigns, he ordered that renovated last august. so he was think about about it a long time ago. what we also know is when he goes to castle began gandolfo. >> i understand allen, you have some breaking news on the timing of the conclave. >> yes. the